Friday, November 14, 2014

Online news

An article appeared in the Lodi News about the small works show.  In case you missed it, here is a link.

Also, information on the Spring Art Show has been updated on our website.   Just follow the links from the home page.   You can return to the home page by clicking on the word  HOME in the upper left corner of blog.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Membership meeting

Deanna Hunt spoke about judging art at last night's meeting.
We got a lot of information in general, and then more specifically about some of the work that artists wanted critiqued.     It was such a good opportunity to get this kind of feedback on a personal level, and even if it was not our own piece being critiqued, we could learn from just listening and thinking how it could apply to our own work.   

JC opened the meeting with introductions and then asked Doug Drendell, our VP to talk about the upcoming Bank of Stockton Lodi Branch art exhibit.    They passed a sign up sheet for those that wish to participate by showing their work at the bank.    Most artists are looking for new places to show their work, so it can reach an even wider audience.    This is a great opportunity, but space is limited, so if you are a member and intested in showing there, please contact JC or Doug through the gallery right away.  Deadline is next week, this came up very suddenly - so make that call or stop by the gallery or the opportunity will pass you by.      Nothing larger than 48 x 48 can be shown.

Here are some pics of the art hanging in the gallery now.

Monday, November 10, 2014

November 11th, membership meeting

Tomorrow is the 11th, the second Tuesday of the month, when we hold our membership meeting.   We usually start the meeting with LCAC news and announcements.     You can learn first hand what is being planned and how you can be a part of it.    We will not have a demo this time, but instead, the judge of the Small Works and Itty Bitty Art Works show will be there to share her criteria for judging art.      You can find her bio and her art at her website:

It should be an interesting evening because it was an interesting show to judge.    The art in the Small Works Show was arranged by categories during the judging.     Categories were unlike most art shows where things are judged against other pieces done in the same mediums (Oil Paintings, Acrylic Paintings, Watercolors, Graphic, Mixed Media, Photography, 3 Dimensional, etc.)  Instead we had categories, like The Great Outdoors,  Faces and Figures, World of Imagination, Still Life and Interiors, and Holiday.   

What that meant was that in Still Life and Interiors, there were paintings, ceramics, wood, mixed media pieces, etc.  I'm sure you can imagine how difficult it is to select a First, Second and Third Prize for each category with such an assortment of art pieces.     The same was true with the  other categories as well.  

Come to the meeting tomorrow if you can, early enough to socialize and get a good seat.    You will probably want to browse, see the art and judge it for yourself.    The judge will invite questions and discussion during the evening.     

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sneak peek at Small Works and Itty Bitty art Shows

The show is being hung as I type.     But, since the winners are now announced on the website, I can share some pics I took just  before the judging process began.     Pieces were laid on tables according to the categories.   It was hard to put some of them into categories, but artists and volunteers helped decide what would be most appropriate.   Even at that a few were changed by the judge, who has that option.    

Here are some of the entries.  I had pictures of them all but some were so out of focus I can't use them here.   Maybe you'll spot your own work here, and maybe you'll see something you will want to purchase.     The opening reception  is Friday evening starting at 6 p.m.    I'm sure there will be a lot of people there, so if you see something you can't live without, get there between now and then - or early.    

Here is a picture of judge Deana Hunt looking over the art in the Great Outdoors category, with volunteer Phyllis Cook standing by.

This is the Itty Bitty entries, which had their own categories.    I didn't get any close ups, so you'll have to come in and view them in person.     

Hope to see you Friday evening.       Janene

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Shedding some light on volunteering

Some people have mentioned that they are shy about volunteering, or don't have much time, or don't know what they could do that would be helpful, or they are physically challenged in some way that make a lot of physical activity difficult or impossible.    Well, let me encourage you  to read on.   There are a lot of small jobs that might just work for you and be immensely helpful to LCAC.     I'll take you behind the scenes and tell you about the last two days and maybe it will give you a little insight.

Friday and Saturday  a group of volunteers along with Small Works and Itty Bitty Art Show Chair Caroline Henry, and LCAC Pres JC Strote, have been busy taking in art for the next show.     Not just LCAC members, but also some artists from outlying areas brought in their art to show, and hopefully to sell.   

Here is what you would have found if you came into the gallery.    In the center of the gallery there was a table with entry forms, so if an artist had not filled in their paperwork, they could sit there and fill them out.  In front of the check out counter, a table was set up to take in the itty bitty pieces, and in the next room, a second table was set up for the larger size works.  At each table a volunteer checked the paperwork and issued a control number for each piece of art.  The volunteer then moved the art to the studio room where it was then placed on tables. (Part of the time another volunteer was available who would move the art.)      

In front of the Student Art  a table was set up  with a volunteer who took in the money, made out receipts,  and signed up artists to sit the gallery.    Over at the counter one of the experienced volunteers entered information from the paperwork and control numbers into the computer database.     

You can see it takes quite a few people to make this run smoothly and efficiently - particularly when several artists arrive at the same time with their art.    

 One of the reasons I'm telling you all the little details, is to show you that being a volunteer is not a complicated thing.  The jobs are defined and simplified so a new person can step right in and feel comfortable, with plenty of help available if needed.     

We can always use more volunteers for all our activities.   I hope I'm not making it sound dull and uninteresting, because it's actually so much fun, some of us would not want to miss any of these take in days.   There are always silly things that happen, some good natured kidding, slow times when people get to chat and step back to look at the art.    You get to meet the artists as they bring in their work, and can talk to them about it.    Most like having people interested in their art and are happy to describe the process or materials they used.    I've learned a lot this way.  

We had some first time volunteers yesterday and it was fun getting to know them better and having them there made a world of difference in how well things went.    You know the old saying, it takes a village?    Well, that's the way volunteering days go.    The more people show up, the smoother it goes.  

Thanks to those of  you who came to help, or stayed around to help when  you dropped off your work.   Nothing could get done without our volunteers.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Soon we will be looking for volunteers for the Spring Art Show.  There will be take in days, days to move the art, and the days of the show and benefit evening event.   There are also a lot of before the show kind of jobs, like getting ready for the raffle, labeling post cards, etc.   There will be dozens of  volunteer jobs to sign up for.    I'm not kidding, it takes a bigger village for this show.   Think of volunteering as a kind of adventure, it gets you away from your normal routine and gets you involved  with fellow artists and art lovers.   It's such fun.

When the call goes out for volunteers figure out what your strengths and skills are, what your interests are, and we will help you find a good fit.    Are you a people person?     A shy person?  A worker bee?   A leader type?     Do you have 2 hours you can commit to?    4 hours?     More?   Do you like paper work?  Do you like to work on your feet, or do you prefer to sit?   

Some of the jobs are more sedentary for those with some physical limitations, or who just prefer those jobs.    And there are plenty of more strenuous jobs  for those who like the physical activity, like moving art and hanging it.    All volunteers are given directions, and you will soon go with the flow and fit right in.

Do plan to join us for a volunteer adventure in the future, or if you have not volunteered for awhile, we'd love to have you sign up again.      

You'll hear more about all this later, but do start considering joining the fun.